Friday, May 29, 2009

A peace requiring more soldiers than the war itself

Doug Saunders

(TGM)A tall, mustachioed man with a short temper and the formal bearing of a previous century, General Sarath Fonseka is now known across Sri Lanka as the shrewd tactician who organized the violent defeat of the Tamil Tigers last week in an operation he called Unceasing Tsunami II – in large part by making his army large enough to crush the guerrilla force.

Now that this artillery tsunami has abated and the entire country is under the government's control for the first time since 1983, there are soldiers everywhere. In their beaten assault rifles and heavy fatigues, the young men stand every few metres on most roads, atop every major building, and at heavily armed checkpoints that occur dozens of times on any intercity driving trip. Full text